Yearbook of the United Nations, 2003. Part 6, Intergovernmental organizations related to the United Nations. Chapter 3, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) continued to work towards achieving sustainable global food security by raising nutrition levels and living standards, improving agricultural productivity and advancing the condition of rural populations. At its one hundred and twenty-fourth session (Rome, Italy, 23-28 June), the FAO Council reconfirmed the crucial importance of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and its related International Plans of Action in promoting long term sustainable development in fisheries and aquaculture. The FAO Council, in November, endorsed the recommendations of the Joint Meeting of the Programme Committee and the Finance Committee, aimed at strengthening the independent role of the Evaluations Service. As part of the follow-up to the World Food Summits, held in 1996 [YUN 1996, p. 1129] and 2002 [YUN 2002, p. 1225], FAO helped its members in meeting the goal of halving the number of hungry by 2015 and in the preparation of food security and agricultural development programmes. With the collaboration of financial institutions, FAO also helped to formulate projects that would hasten a reversal of declining resources to agriculture. In 2003, FAO membership increased to 187 countries and the European Community.
Yearbook of the United Nations, 2003. v. 57; Vol. 57
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